—Combined company renamed KalVista Pharmaceuticals, Inc., listed on Nasdaq with ticker "KALV" ——Continued focus on development of protease inhibitors with multiple molecules for oral treatment of hereditary angioedema (HAE) in the clinic in 2017——Appoints Benjamin L. Palleiko as Chief Financial Officer— CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KalVista Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:KALV), a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecule protease inhibitors, today announced the closing of the previously announced merger with Carbylan Therapeutics, Inc. As a result of the completion of this transaction, Carbylan changed its name to KalVista Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The Company will commence trading on November 22, 2016 on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol "KALV". KalVista is now funded with more than $38 million to support its portfolio of drug development programs, initially focused on oral plasma kallikrein treatments for hereditary angioedema (HAE) and diabetic macular edema (DME). KalVista is developing a portfolio of drugs for HAE, with the first oral HAE candidate, KVD818, having commenced a Phase I clinical trial in the third quarter of 2016. Additional HAE candidates are planned to begin clinical trials in 2017 and beyond. KalVista's objective is to advance multiple oral drug candidates through Phase I, first-in-human studies in order to select those with the potential to deliver best-in-class status for further development. KalVista is also developing KVD001, an intravitreally-delivered therapy for DME. This program has completed a Phase I clinical trial in DME patients and is expected to progress to Phase II clinical development in 2017. In conjunction with the closing, KalVista welcomed Benjamin L. Palleiko as the Chief Financial Officer of KalVista. Mr. Palleiko has over twenty years of experience in the industry, as both a senior life sciences investment banker and Chief Financial Officer of several public and private life sciences companies. He has raised more than $2 billion in capital and completed over 50 transactions in his business career. Mr. Palleiko holds a MBA in Finance and a MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University. Prior to graduate school, he served in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Aviator flying carrier-based jet aircraft.